Sarah Palin: my next bad Korea move
Palin drops geo clanger – and takes a pop at the ‘blue-booded’ Bushes
Sarah Palin was busy on the right-wing talk shows yesterday – getting her Korean geography mixed up with Glenn Beck and seeking revenge against Barbara Bush on Laura Ingraham's show.
First, the Korea howler:
Asked by Beck for her thoughts on the border crisis between Communist North Korea and America's friend South Korea, she appeared at first to have been pretty well prepped. Until she said: "But obviously, we've got to stand with our North Korean allies – we're bound to by treaty."
Beck interjected: "South Korean".
Palin: "Yes, and we're also bound by prudence to stand with our South Korean allies, yes."
It was another gift for those Americans who believe Palin does not have what it takes to be a credible president.
Second, the Barbara Bush comeback:
The former First Lady had said in a much-publicised appearance on Larry King Live: "I sat next to her [Palin] once, thought she was beautiful. And I think she's very happy in Alaska - and I hope she'll stay there."
Offered the chance to respond, Palin went into full class warrior mode against the aristocratic Bush family.
"I don't want to concede that we have to get used to this kind of thing," she said, "because I don't think the majority of Americans want to put up with the blue-bloods - and I want to say it with all due respect because I love the Bushes - the blue-bloods who want to pick and choose their winners instead of allowing competition."
It's by no means the first time Palin has played the class card: it goes back to the 2008 presidential election campaign when, at Senator John McCain’s side, she promised to represent the "Joe Six-Pack American". ·